ORMS reveals plans for underground arena behind Centre Point
ORMS has submitted plans for an 800-seat underground venue behind London’s world famous music hotspot Denmark Street
The AJ100 studio proposes transforming the 0.4 hectare St Giles Circus site next to Centre Point – currently used for Crossrail tunnelling – into a mixed-use development which will pays tribute to the area’s rock, jazz and pop heritage. Plans were submitted to local authority Camden Council.
Including 1,834m² of residential floor space, an 800-capacity submerged auditorium and a 723m² ‘urban gallery’ space for pop-up shops, the project is one of several nearby which anticipate major transformation in the area in the wake of Crossrail’s opening in 2018.
To the south the development incorporates Denmark Street’s historic street frontage – currently home to guitar shops and music venues – which will be converted and refurbished along with a retained facade on St Giles High Street.
The Rolling Stones recorded in 4 Denmark Street’s basement while later on the Sex Pistols lived above number six.
To the North, ORMS’ building will face a new entrance for Tottenham Court Road station by Stanton Williams and oversite schemes by AHMM. Rick Mather and Conran and Partners are also planning a mixed-use transformation of the 1960s Centre Point skyscraper.
Around half of ORMS’ scheme for Consolidated Development will be affordable housing which includes units within 10 Denmark Street and an offsite project on nearby Endell Street.
ORMS associate director Ian Chalk said the project ‘maximises on its accessible location, but also the historic and current links of the area with music and other creative industries, the historic built fabric and the potential to create strong links to the surrounding area.’
Consolidated Developments director, Laurence Kirschel, said: ‘We are committed to creating a successful new quarter that enriches and integrates with the surrounding well-established neighbourhood, making it a vibrant community for people to work, meet and live, as well as a new, internationally recognised destination that London can be proud of.
“We want to create new homes for local people, invest in local shops and not only safeguard, but reinvigorate the area’s fantastic music and cultural scene. The new events venue and restaurants will be carefully managed to ensure that they don’t disrupt local residents. They meet an important need and will create additional jobs. We are very encouraged by the positive feedback we received at the public exhibition, particularly from the Denmark Street Traders’ Association.’